Graduation from the Penn State School of International Affairs does not mean the end of your relationship with the school or with the Career Services office. Our services remain available to you throughout your career. We count on you to remain in contact with us, to keep us posted on the current state of your career; to make sure we have up-to-date contact information; and to draw on our services as you seek new positions, re-think career directions, network with other SIA and Penn State alumni, and look for promising SIA candidates to fill positions within your organization. Your decision to earn a degree from SIA forged a bond that will last a lifetime. We encourage you to take at least a few of the following steps:
- Join the SIA Facebook and LinkedIn groups, and follow us on Twitter. Stay in touch with other alumni, keep up-to-date on developments at the school, attend alumni-oriented events sponsored by the school and Penn State, and stay on top of internship and job postings specifically seeking SIA alumni.
- Stay in contact with the Director of Career Services, for all the reasons described above.
- Stay in contact with the SIA faculty. You know all they've done to inspire, advise and mentor you. Maintain and nurture those contacts as you move forward in your career. One never knows when a reference letter will be helpful, and when their wealth of experience and expertise will be a resource you'll want to tap.
- Make yourself available as a resource to current SIA students. You might be asked to participate on an alumni panel during fall orientation, or to host a Career Exposure visit to your employer, or to advise a current student interested in learning about your chosen career path. We will be respectful of your time and energies, but are thrilled at the willingness of so many alumni to contribute to SIA's success in these ways.
- Participate in SIA alumni events as they're organized in locations accessible to you. There is no better way to maintain, extend, and invigorate your network than through meeting face-to-face when possible.
- Join the Penn State Alumni Association. Make yourself part of one of the world's largest alumni networks, take advantage of the many benefits and discounts associated with your membership, vastly expand your networking contacts, attend Penn State-sponsored events in your area, and keep up-to-date through Penn State publications.
- Once you are a member of the Alumni Association, take full advantage of the many resources of the Nittany Lion Alumni Career Network, including access to Penn State job postings boards, and recruiting fairs (virtual as well as on-campus). Be sure not to overlook the LionLink networking tool, as you seek other Penn State alumni in key employment sectors and/or locations.